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A Whole Month for Women?: A Note from Kathleen’s Desk

Monday, March 2, 2020

Dear Friends, We really need to talk about intersectional feminism. This idea recognizes that certain groups of people have multi-layered facets in life that they have to deal with, such as racism, ableism, classism, and bias against gender expression and sexual orientation, just to name a few. I am reminded of Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I A… Continue Reading A Whole Month for Women?: A Note from Kathleen’s Desk

YWCA Testimony: Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

  To: Members of the House Federal and State Affairs and Senate Judiciary Committees,  YWCA Northeast Kansas believes that quality, affordable healthcare is critical for everyone, but for many women, particularly women of color, those who are low-income, and those who are survivors of violence, medical care often remains inaccessible. Moreover, YWCA Northeast Kansas supports… Continue Reading YWCA Testimony: Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

“It’s all just a street tax”: The Cost of Human Trafficking on Topeka’s Streets

Thursday, January 16, 2020

By Michelle and Christina  When she walked by the Day Center and saw the sign on the door, she immediately jumped in the air in excitement. From outside, Susan* locked eyes with the staff member inside. “Y-W-C-A!!! How can I talk with you?” she asked. The Day Center staff member welcomed her in, reassured her that she was… Continue Reading “It’s all just a street tax”: The Cost of Human Trafficking on Topeka’s Streets

Goal-Oriented. Passion-Oriented. Justice-Oriented: A Note from Kathleen’s Desk

Monday, January 6, 2020

Dear Friends, Happy New Year! What are your top priorities for this new year? What about this next decade? As we plan for this year, I’m reminded of a quote by film director Greta Gerwig. She says, “I’m not goal-oriented so much as I’m constantly aware of what I’m passionate about, and I’m constantly updating the list.… Continue Reading Goal-Oriented. Passion-Oriented. Justice-Oriented: A Note from Kathleen’s Desk

Woman on a Mission: Amber Gentry Oetting

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

“We must be willing to set aside our preconceived notions of right and wrong, our individual behaviors, our tendencies to gravitate toward tribalism, our avoidance and discomfort of disagreement, our inability to connect with one another, and our need for victory and competition. These will be our most challenging obstacles facing our mission in the years to… Continue Reading Woman on a Mission: Amber Gentry Oetting

YWCA Northeast Kansas to Celebrate Grand Opening of Day Center for Victims of Human Trafficking

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE YWCA Northeast Kansas to Celebrate Grand Opening of Day Center for Victims of Human Trafficking TOPEKA – YWCA Northeast Kansas is proud to announce that the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment will open Topeka’s first daytime drop-in center for victim-survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation on Friday, November 22nd.… Continue Reading YWCA Northeast Kansas to Celebrate Grand Opening of Day Center for Victims of Human Trafficking